5 Team Management Insights From Sebastian Marshall

5 Team Management Insights From Sebastian Marshall

There are already tons of good insights available on Sebastian's website. However, having a one-to-one discussion with him was very useful to discuss specific challenges relevant to some ongoing projects. Through that conversation, Sebastian gave concrete, actionable pieces of advice on project management, recruitment and teamwork :...

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HELP! They Are Going To Steal My Project!!!

Lately, I have been interacting with some major project leaders. These are people who are confident about their projects. They generally avoid discussing these projects with others, for fear of having their ideas stolen. But they still needed a trustworthy advisor... And finally they decided that it would be Nnenna. After some "maximum security clearance" considerations and "highly classified" discussions, I noticed:...

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The Paradox Of Teachers In Africa : Rare And Yet Poorly Paid

There is a quote that says "Everything that is rare is expensive". In sub-Saharan Africa, in that "Everything", it seems that we must include Everything but the teaching profession. Indeed, the shortage of teachers that affects the whole world in general is particularly more pronounced in sub-Saharan Africa. If we stick to the quote, this situation should have had the effect of raising the salary of teachers to attract as many people as possible in the profession. But no! On the contrary, it appears to be driving teachers' salaries down. In The Ivory Coast for example, in the schools, you can find benevolent teachers and volunteer teachers alongside state civil service teachers....

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4 important revelations that could certainly accelerate the educational revolution in Africa (Part 2)

4 important revelations that could certainly accelerate the educational revolution in Africa (Part 2)

Researches show that those who find the answer themselves retain it better than those who are told the answer. What schools should do ideally is to give children the motivation to get involved, to create an environment where children, driven by their curiosity, solve interesting problems, instead of simply memorizing answers to the problems that have already been solved. This may seem unrealistic with regard to some traditional systems but......

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4 important revelations that could certainly accelerate the educational revolution in Africa

4 important revelations that could certainly accelerate the educational revolution in Africa

When we talk about academic training, a fashionable expression is to say that the established education system is defective - the current system is not defective, it is built in a great way. It's just that we do not need it anymore, it's obsolete. Ok, I can not speak for everyone, but based on what I could see in West Africa and South Asia, here are some hypotheses to consider:...

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Gamification: 5 Peculiar Concepts That African Schools Could Actually Use

Gamification: 5 Peculiar Concepts That African Schools Could Actually Use

Let's admit that the education system in Africa is currently rather demotivational. From the beginning of the school year, and starting the first homework, the ambitious student sees himself with a perfect score of 20 out of 20, but from there, the only possible direction is the reduction of his points, depending on his mistakes. If he is really brilliant, he could stay close to the average of 20, otherwise in general his average score drops with each of his mistakes. There is a sort of feedback loop that encourages failure: when you have a bad grade, you feel less motivated to study, so you study less, so you have more bad grades, and so on. Basically, the more you fail, the more you fail. However, in games, we learn that progress encourages progress and that the desire to be effective is a much stronger motivator than the fear of failure....

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WARNING: Web Municipality And Community Freedom

WARNING: Web Municipality And Community Freedom

This is just a warning with respect to the recent 'web municipal elections'(!) in Ivory Coast. Revisiting the facts It all started like a joke, there was even an agama reptile among the candidates (obviously a fictive character). The initial idea seems to be some elections parody, some way of showing that technology and its users were able to come up with peaceful, transparent elections. The project appears online a couple of months back, then follow some online promotion through Facebook and Twitter and a few weeks later, about 500 people take part to the said election. A few local and international blogs relay the story, it all suddenly gets serious, there's even an investiture ceremony(!), the Ivorian Web population(?) would purportedly be having a mayor... The parody assumes a new form, and with baby steps, some projects of taking over responsibilities and placing regulations are starting to raise......

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